Owning a dog linked to lower risk of death after a heart attack, study finds

Owning a dog linked to lower risk of death after a heart attack, study finds

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Those who own a dog live longer as well as recover better post a heart stroke or attack in contrast to those who don’t have canine companions, suggest tow new studies.

In the first study, researchers used Swedish National Patient Register and gathered data on all the Swedes between 40 and 85 years who suffered with a heart stroke or attack from Jan 2001 to Dec 2012. They then combined this data with the information from Swedish Board of Agriculture and Swedish Kennel Club dog registers.

Out of these databases, they collected information on over 180,000 patients that suffered with a heart attack, of which 5.7% owned a canine. Besides, they also gathered information on around 150,000 patients who suffered with a stroke, of which 4.8% owned a dog.

The findings showed that the survivors of heart attack who lived all alone had 33% lower death risk in the year post the attack if they owned a dog in contrast to those who didn’t own a dog.

The second research, which incorporated data on around 3,000,000 people, analysed data from ten previous studies. The researchers discovered that the dog owners held a 24% reduced death risk from any health issue in a 10 years follow-up time span than compared to those who didn’t own a dog. In fact, the risk of death was 65% lower in dog owners having cardiovascular disease.

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